Outstanding Graduate Award

The Outstanding Graduate Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a student at the School of Engineering. It was created in 1992 as a way for the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association to recognize members of the graduating class who demonstrate academic excellence, co- and extra-curricular involvement, personal potential, and a commitment to giving back to Polytechnic after graduation.

Nominee Qualifications

Nominees must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.2
  • Outstanding record of involvement, service, or leadership within the Institute or the greater community that compliments their academic achievements

Submit a Nomination

Faculty, staff, administrators, and student organization leaders are encouraged to make nominations for this award. To nominate a student, please submit their name, major, and email address to:

Rena Rutkovsky Alumni Relations
rr1886@nyu.edu, 718-260-3118

Student Application/Self Nominations

The PIAA invites seniors who are applying for graduation to self-nominate for this award.

  • Download the application here
  • Deadline to submit: 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Selection and Recognition

The PIAA is dedicated to honoring the achievements, both inside and outside the classroom, of the School of Engineering's outstanding students. The process for selection includes a detailed application, references, essay questions, and finalist interviews.

Finalists will be published in the Commencement Program, recognized at the Commencement Awards and Achievement Ceremony, and the winner will be announced during the School of Engineering's Commencement Ceremony. The recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Award also receives a monetary reward from the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association.


Please email Rena Rutkovsky at rr1886@nyu.edu